Thanks to the generosity and vision of the late John Drescher, Santa Monica College is the home to a computerized planetarium theater. At its heart is the Evans & Sutherland Digistar II planetarium projector, which was the first of its kind on the West Coast. Using digital technology, audiences can fly beyond the solar system and soar among the stars. We can transport you across our galaxy to the limits of spacetime. 

Planetarium this week

New free, live, virtual public shows!

Watch this space for more information

NOTE: The September 15 Jupiter Program HAS BEEN rescheduled to September 29.

Zoom link for September Friday Evening Shows

Invitation links to the live online events are generally posted the Thursday before. These programs are only available LIVE on Friday evenings, and on the occasional Matinee dates, normally Sundays. Clicking on the Zoom links at other times will not work.

Please scroll down beyond the calendar for notes on upcoming 8 p.m. programs

We also look forward to the expanded capabilities of the new planetarium and observatory SMC is building for opening in winter 2025.

Jim Mahon
Senior Planetarium Lecturer

Upcoming Planetarium Shows

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Shows are presented live online until further notice.
Sep 29
The Night Sky Show

The Night Sky Show

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Online
Sep 29
A Short History of Rocketry, Part 1
Oct 6
The Night Sky Show

The Night Sky Show

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Online

Comet NEOWISE over Mount Shasta

Weekly Night Sky Show

The Night Sky programs will last roughly 30 - 40 minutes, followed by a short question and answer period where guests can type questions into a chat box and we will answer as many questions as possible. There will be a short intermission at approximately 7:50 p.m. prior to the start of the Feature program at 8 p.m.

Matinee Programs

Sunday afternoon matinees feature a condensed presentation combining elements of the previous Friday night's programming.

Feature Programs, September

Note that all 8 p.m. feature programs are preceded by the 7 p.m. “Night Sky” program described above.

Currently all presentations are online ONLY, with the exception of occasional observing programs. 

September 8: The Upcoming North American Solar Eclipses of October 2023 and April 2024

September 15:  No 8 p.m. program

September 22: Equinox Program

September 29:  Solar System Exploration Survey: Part 6 – Jupiter  (A Short History of Rocketry, Part 1 has been rescheduled to October 27)

Location of Planetarium (Currently closed)

Drescher Hall, 2nd Floor
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Campus Map

The Drescher Planetarium is located in the middle of the second floor of Drescher Hall on the north side of the Santa Monica College campus. Drescher Hall is the three story brown building on the South East corner of Pico Blvd. and 17th Street. We are in Santa Monica, south of the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway and west of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway.